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VIDEO: World champion athlete wins his first ever marathon running for local athletics club

Beau Smith won his first ever marathon

A world champion member of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club has triumphed in his first ever marathon.

Beau Smith won the Windermere Marathon in a time of two hours, 44 minutes and 15 seconds.

Beau's win in his first ever road marathon came just a month after he triumphed in the World Duathlon Sprint Championships for his age group.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club (LMAC) member beat a field of the world's top multi-sport competitors in the 30-34 age group in the running and cycling event in Ibiza.

He said he was "buzzing" after his first ever marathon win.

That's our first #WindermereMarathon runner back in 2:44:15! Congratulations to Beau Smith!

Posted by Brathay Running on Sunday, May 21, 2023


Here is Beau with his world championship medal.

Other LMAC members competing in the Windermere Marathon were

Mary Heald 3.16.59

Dan Charnley 3.59.54

Emma Davis 4.12.51


Dozens of other Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club members took part in several local and national running events in May.

Nicola Barnes achieved a personal best for a half marathon when she ran the Coronation Half Marathon in Morecambe on May 7 with a time of 2.10.08.

In the most recent of the Lakeland Trails in Staveley on May 13, Erwin Kalis ran the 18k in 1.56.06, while seven LMAC runners took part in the 10k.

Anna Richings 1.37.57

Miriam Rosen 1.38.36

Faith Firkins 1.41.28

Stephen Perry 1.41.29

Rob Clayton 1.41.30

Andy Firkins 1.41.30

David Rosen 1.49.13


Emily Stapleton and Christina McGuire were part of an 11-strong women's team that took part in the Keswick2Barrow challenge. They won the first ladies team trophy and were also awarded the Renshaw Cup for best team performance, the first time it has been awarded to a women's team in the 56 years of the K2B challenge.

Four people from LMAC ran the Blacksticks Blue 10k race in Preston on May 14:

Mark Simmill 51.08

Billy Gardner 57.08

Elaine Simmill 1.01.14

Ully Kritzler 1.06.28


Mark Leadbeatter and Charlie Satterly ran the Chester Half Marathon on May 21, with times of 1.16.05 and 2.14.47. Mark finished 35th overall.

Also on that day, Erwin Kalis ran the Scorton 15k trail race in 1.31.01 and Gurb Dillon completed the 3-1-5 10th birthday 10K in 58.27. In the Pilling 10k on May 17, Matthew Guilder recorded a time of 35.43.

Matthew also took part in the Levens 10k a week later, finishing in 37.37. Raymond Edgar ran the race too, in 37.09.

Several LMAC runners completed the Abbeystead four mile run on May 25:

Rob Clayton 27.54

Annie Dickinson 28.48

Joe Maguire 29.06

Ruth Mewis 30.22

Erwin Kalis 31.11

Mark Simmill 31.19

Christina McGuire 31.40

Emily Stapleton 34.19

Arthur Dickinson 36.14

Christine Perry 37.59

Elaine Simmill 37.59

Ully Kritzler 42.48


Finally, Beyond Radio’s very own Paul Fisher ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon on May 28, with a time of 2.03.08!

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